From The Director
Warm up your fingers, it’s back rub time! Kids love getting back rubs from their parents, and we understand that many students may need them right now due to the weight of their backpacks. We not only understand, but we truly sympathize with our students who have to carry this load.
The reason packs are heavy is because students are taking home everything they might need if we have to switch to remote learning. The decision is made as soon as we receive word of a positive COVID test in a cohort, and if we get the news outside of school hours, as is often the case, your student is not in the building to gather the supplies needed to learn at home.
As you can imagine, packing up the desk of every student in a cohort requires a great deal of manpower, especially when the classroom teachers are quarantined along with the students. Our staff is stretched very thin right now, and finding people who can leave their normal duties to pack up desks is a real challenge.
So what can you do to reduce the weight of your child’s backpack? Here are some ideas:
- Get a rolling backpack. These are very popular with our students lately, and they make wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah gifts.
- Consider using two bags rather than one backpack. Since our middle school uses the block schedule, some students have one bag for green days and a separate one for yellow days. In the lower grades, students may prefer to carry a smaller bag in each hand rather than one big backpack.
- If your child is reading a novel for class, considering purchasing a second copy to leave at home. Deals can often be found on used books, and most of the novels we read at school are old enough to be reasonably priced.
- Leave the lunchbox out of the backpack. Many students remove the lunchbox from their backpack as soon as they come into the building to reduce the bulk and weight of their pack. This is perfectly fine! You can also have your student carry the lunchbox separately.
- Help your student clean out the backpack once a week to make sure trash, old assignments, or other unneeded items aren’t adding to the weight.
We know COVID won’t last forever, so this is a temporary situation. However, our teachers are continually looking for digital resources that can help lighten the load. If there are older siblings in your family, they may be able to help carry packs or bags for their younger siblings.
In the meantime, treat your child to that back rub while you hear about the details of their day. It just might become a regular family event!
Let Your Holiday Spirit Shine
Next week is a Spirit Week where students can have some fun dressing down with the following theme days:
- Monday 12/14 – Who-ville Hair Day (crazy hair)
- Tuesday 12/15 – Candy Cane Day (red and white)
- Wednesday 12/16 – Bling and Bells Day
- Thursday 12/17 – Ugly Holiday Shirt or Sweater Day
- Friday 12/18 – Holiday Festive Day (wear any festive attire)
Please remind your student to follow our dress down dress code policy. Bare midriffs, torn clothing, or short/revealing clothing is not allowed.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled week leading up to our break. We will have teacher-led holiday parties in the classrooms on Friday afternoon.
The Stage Is Calling 6th – 8th Graders
Registration will open for participation in PCK’s Spring Production, Matilda the Musical, on Monday, December 14. The registration fee is $125 and includes most costuming and other show related expenses.
6th grade students can open enroll and will largely participate in the chorus, but may have some smaller roles once the cast list is finalized in Middle School. Auditions in grades 7 and 8 will be held via Google Meet on December 14th and 15th. Sign up for a time here or on the Matilda Google Classroom.
Connecting With Character
Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for their great character at last week’s virtual character assembly:
Ali K. – Flexibility, patience, self-control
Charlie W. – Dependability
Demetri K. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Ethan C. – Respect, responsibility, ready to participate
Monika K. – Ready to participate, obedience, compassion
Stella H. – Responsibility, ready to participate, honesty
Zachary L. – Flexibility, patience, self-control
Keep up the great work, character leaders!
You can watch last week’s character skit here to see Detectives Myers and Daniels find another clue in The Case Of The Missing Character.
We are wrapping up our bullying prevention unit in Character Coaching with a lesson on bystanders. Fourth grade is learning about cyberbullying. Please go over the Home Link below with your student to help reinforce what was learned at school. You do not need to sign it or send it in.
News From The Foundation at PCK
Our Annual Giving Campaign is under way. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed! We are well on our way towards reaching our goal.
The funds we raise this year are going toward supporting THEO and REO programs, as well as safety and health measures at PCK.
Donating is easier than ever with three options:
- Simply text “pckgala” to phone number 56651. Follow the prompts to make and pay for your donation.
- Visit us online at PCKGiving.com and pay via bank draft or credit card.
- Drop off a check at the front desk or mail it to The Foundation at PCK, 11661 Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80138.
Don’t forget to check our FREE resource page to see if your employer matches your donation at https://doublethedonation.com/PCK.
Thank you for your support!
~ The Foundation at PCK
Nominate Amazing Staff Members For The Apple Awards
You can honor staff members who make a difference to your child with a nomination for an Apple Award. The Apple Awards recognize the exceptional work of Douglas County educators. There is one category for teachers, and one for other staff members. Get more information here. You can find Parker Core Knowledge under “Charter Schools.” Nominations must be submitted by December 20.
“Wrap” Our School In Spirit
Our December Spirit Night is this Saturday, December 12th, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Chipotle at 18701 E. Mainstreet in Parker.
Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting Parker Core Knowledge to make sure 33% of the proceeds are donated to our school. Thank you to the PTA for organizing our Spirit Nights.
From The PTA
The PTA is sponsoring a Chick-fil-a lunch this Friday, December 11th for teachers and staff. CFA will cover the meal and sides, but we would like to invite parents to contribute drinks for our PCK teachers and staff.
Details are available on this SignUp Genius:
Check Out These Non-Tech Gift Ideas
In a year where kids have well-exceeded their recommended screen time, you may be looking for some tech-free gifts to put under your tree. Here is a list of fun holiday gifts that get kids moving, creating, and enjoying time away from a device.
News From Our Littlest Learners
Tell your friends and neighbors: PCK Preschool & Junior Kindergarten 2021/2022 enrollment is now open!
Watch our Virtual Tour, then complete this form for children who will be three years old by October 1, 2021, or this form for children who will be four years old by October 1, 2021. We’ll confirm placement within a few days.
Thanks so much for spreading the word!
Thank You To Our Safety Dads
Thank you to Derek Mccluskie and Craig Kindred for being this week’s Safety Dads. You are awesome and we can’t thank you enough for spending the day with us.
We have lots of openings for Safety Dads in the new year. Feel free to sign up for multiple shifts! Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.
Quarantine Can’t Stop Us From A Successful Food Drive
Even though our kindergarten and 5th grade students are currently quarantined, their families can still contribute to our canned food drive for the Parker Task Force. Collection boxes are outside the front entrance to the school so you can swing by and drop off your items if you would like to participate. Kindergarten is collecting instant mashed potatoes and 5th grade is collecting canned cream of mushroom soup. Thanks for helping us serve our community!
Help Spread Holiday Cheer To The Homeless
One of our students is working to create 200 bags of food, supplies, and warm clothing for the homeless in Denver. She would like to include a card in each bag to offer hope and encouragement to the recipient. If your family has time tonight and would like to participate, please make as many cards as you want and send them to school with your child tomorrow. The cards need to be collected this Friday because they will be delivered on Saturday. Students can drop them off at the front desk. Cards can be handmade or store-bought, but please make sure to include a nice message for the holidays. Thanks for your help with this special project!
A BIG thank you to the Miller family for the three BIG boxes of chocolates you brought for our staff. They are delicious and we are very appreciative.
Thank you to the Neubauer family for bringing us cookies. It was so sweet of you to think of us.
Our staff was truly touched to receive individual popcorn gift baskets from the Choe family. They were not only tasty, but also so very thoughtful. Thank you for your generosity!